Radically different for Jesus

Anthony Jordan, the Executive Director of the BGCO, recently wrote a "Perspective" piece. He charges readers to "Stop Bashing" youth. Jordan admits his own wonderment from time to time when considering the vast changes taking place in youth culture. However, he adds,

"I see more willingness to be radically different for Jesus than in days past."

A recent conversation with one of our recent high school graduates confirms Jordan’s observation. During a ministry event this young person overheard people also involved in the project denigrating the very people being helped. It is reminiscent of the recent Sonic commercial where the couple sits in their car with the window rolled up all smiles. They spot their neighbors. Through their smiles they mouth, "Call us, we won’t answer."

The young person shared she was greatly troubled by this apparent approach to ministry. You could say the feelings were something of a "holy disgust." Thoughts turned to motivations. While we cannot ascertain another’s motives we may find it hard to reconcile just what they may be thinking when expressing this "two-faced" approach to ministry. It may be better not to minister at all.

In the end we could at least suggest this story to prompt self-evaluation. Why do you do what you do? When it comes to serving Jesus, participating in a local congregation or sharing life with your neighbors, why do you serve? If include anything in our reply giving a hint of selfishness, we may be better abstaining for a time.

Bashing youth or any group we hope to serve in the name of Jesus fights against the very mission of God. Following the observation Dr. Jordan makes should include walking with anyone willing to be radically different for Jesus.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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